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Pork Tenderloin with Crunchy Beet Slaw

Photo: Annabelle Breakey

Total time 30 mins

Serves 4

When they're sliced thin or slivered, raw beets are very refreshing. A tangy dressing counterbalances their earthiness.


  • 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, fat trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • About 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 medium beets, preferably a mix of red and gold (1 lb. total)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (2 to 3 tbsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 283
  • caloriesfromfat 42 %
  • protein 31 g
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 8.6 g
  • fiber 2.4 g
  • sodium 757 mg
  • cholesterol 92 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pat pork tenderloin dry. Pour peppercorns into a resealable plastic bag and coarsely crush them with the back of a chef's knife. Season pork generously with 1 1/2 tsp. salt, then coat with crushed peppercorns.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pork and cook, turning over occasionally, until all sides are browned, 6 to 9 minutes. Transfer pan to oven and cook, turning over once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 135°, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and let rest about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, peel beets with a vegetable peeler and coarsely grate with a food processor or box grater. Put in a medium bowl and add lemon juice, remaining 2 tbsp. oil, the parsley, and salt to taste; toss well.

  4. Slice pork into 1/2-in.-thick pieces. Divide among 4 plates and serve with slaw.